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The big games coming up in midweek

27 October 2020

Following another weekend of EFL action that delivered a host of exciting fixtures, there's plenty more to look forward to in midweek!

Below is a division-by-division look at just a few of the key matches taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday...


Blackburn Rovers v Reading

Tuesday night's action pits free-scoring Blackburn Rovers against league leaders Reading, in what promises to be a fantastic match. Rovers have already scored four or more goals on three occasions this season, including in their 4-0 victory at Coventry City last time out, while Reading sit five points clear at the summit following a 3-0 win at home to Rotherham United at the weekend. Championship new boys Watford and AFC Bournemouth have both described Blackburn as the toughest side they've faced so far... will Reading pass this test at Ewood Park?

AFC Bournemouth v Bristol City

Speaking of Bournemouth, they too have a tricky obstacle to overcome in midweek, in the shape of second-placed Bristol City. Bournemouth have lofty ambitions and sit fourth following three consecutive draws, while City have drawn two of their last three games, meaning both sides will be targeting a maximum return here. The Cherries are one of just two remaining unbeaten teams in the division, and know that victory on Wednesday would see them leapfrog their opponents.

Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday

There's an all-Yorkshire clash on the way in midweek too, with Sheffield Wednesday in action on Wednesday, as they make the short trip to take on Rotherham United. These two sides are in need of a win after suffering defeat on their last respective outings, and what better game to do it in? Wednesday will welcome the away trip, having not won at home in 10 games, and knowing that they won 1-0 on their last visit to Rotherham. Wednesday's meeting will be the 40th competitive match between these two teams.


Bristol Rovers v Hull City

Hull City will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after losing at home to Peterborough United last time out, but will have to get past an in-form Bristol Rovers side in order to do so. Rovers have won three of their last four league games and most recently saw off Shrewsbury Town, but Hull's incentive for winning this one is a potential return to the top of the table, as they sit just a point behind leaders Lincoln City. On paper, this game looks a tough one to call.

Peterborough United v Burton Albion

As mentioned, Peterborough recorded a confidence-boosting win at Hull last time out, one which has lifted them to second going into the midweek fixtures. They've now won five in a row, and will be the favourites to beat bottom-placed Burton Albion on Tuesday evening, with the Brewers having to settle for a point against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend. Like Hull, Peterborough know that another three points here could put them top of the table, while Albion will be looking to lift themselves out of the drop zone with a positive result themselves.

Plymouth Argyle v Doncaster Rovers

Two sides sitting just outside the League One Play-Off places will go head-to-head in midweek, as Doncaster Rovers make the long journey south to face Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Doncaster will have been disappointed by defeat to Crewe Alexandra at the weekend and will want to bounce back, and Plymouth will also want to get back to winning ways, as they are without a win in two league matches. The last time these two met in Devon, it was a five-goal thriller, with Rovers edging it 3-2 in the end.


Leyton Orient v Exeter City

These two sides will go into midweek full of confidence, having both won back-to-back league fixtures. With things looking close in the League Two standings, a win for 14th-placed Leyton Orient could even move them into the Play-Offs if results go their way, while Exeter City could potentially move to within just a point of league leaders Newport County, should they pick up three points here. The Grecians are unbeaten in seven league matches and won on their last visit to Orient in 2016.

Mansfield Town v Barrow

Mansfield Town and Barrow are both winless going into their midweek encounter, and will therefore be eyeing up a first victory of the campaign here. Both have come close on numerous occasions so far in 2020/21, having each drawn five of their eight league fixtures so far, and it was Mansfield who came out on top when they last met, way back in December 1969. Tuesday's clash is a crucial one for both of these sides, but who will come out on top?

Newport County v Colchester United

Table-topping Newport County come into midweek on the back of their best-ever start to an EFL campaign, having recorded six wins and one draw from their eight matches so far this season. Next up for the Welshmen is ninth-placed Colchester United, who themselves will be buoyed by two consecutive victories against Harrogate Town and Forest Green Rovers respectively. These two have become familiar with the Play-Offs in recent seasons and will want to lay down a marker on Tuesday night.

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